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As holiday-makers return to Johannesburg, the JMPD will be out in force. Their presence on the road has already reduced the festive season accident rate.

Over 60 000 vehicles were stopped in various roadblocks across the Johannesburg during the festive season, a move that saw a reduction of road accidents.



JMPD spokesperson Wayne MinnaarJMPD spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar

A total of 64 255 vehicles were stopped and 406 vehicles were impounded or discontinued for being grossly un-roadworthy. In addition 3 126 fines were issued to traffic offenders from 1 December up to today, according to Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s (JMPD) Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He said 168 motorists had been arrested for excessive speeding – the highest speed recorded was 212 kilometres per hour.

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, preliminary national statistics for people who died on the roads between 1 December 2010 and 4 January 2011 was 1 358, out of 1 133 fatal crashes.

Speeding, driver fatigue and disregard of traffic rules were the cause of most accidents.

Last year there were 1 548 fatalities out of 1 204 fatal crashes during the same period.

Minnaar noted that the statistics indicated a reduction of death on roads in the city.

He attributed the reduction of road accidents to the National Rolling Enforcement Plan (NERP) and an improvement of people’s attitude towards law enforcement officers.

The NERP, which became effective on 1 October 2010, allows law enforcement officers across the country to stop and check no fewer than one million vehicles every month.

This weekend will see the major, final exodus of motorists from various holiday destinations ahead of the re-opening of schools and industries next week, according to Minnaar. He said the City is working hard to reduce the number of deaths on the road.

“We will be out there setting up roadblocks on all major roads leading into the city because we know all too well the tragic impact of impaired driving,” said Minnaar.

A high presence will be maintained on all major highways to reduce the offence rate by 50 percent, according to Collins Letsoalo, Acting CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
“We have identified drinking and driving as a key focal area for 2011 and regular blitzes, roadblocks and patrols by marked and un-marked vehicles will ensure that drunken drivers and pedestrians are removed from the road,” he said.

Unroadworthy vehicles, particularly those with poor tyres and brakes, will be removed from the roads.

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